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Rabbi Nir Ben-Artzi Photo: Herzl Yosef
Rabbi Nir Ben-Artzi Photo: Herzl Yosef

Rabbi Ben-Artzi's 'abductors' get community service

State's case of alleged abduction, extortion ends with fraud conviction only in order to secure conviction

Ilana Curiel
Published: 02.20.13, 19:16 / Israel News

The Beersheba District Court on Wednesday sentenced the four men indicted for the alleged abduction of Rabbi Nir Ben-Artzi, head of the "Talmei Geula" non-profit organization, to five months of community service each, after finding them guilty of fraudulently obtaining benefits.


The conviction was obtained as part of a plea bargain struck between the defense and the prosecution, which did not leave much of the original indictment that included multiple counts of abduction, extortion and fraud.


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According to the amended indictment, the four – Shmuel Shukron, Zvi Weizmann, Shimon Katorza and Micha Petito – targeted Ben-Artzi after he began questioning their financial activities on behalf of the non-profit organization.


הרב ניר בן-ארצי בבית המשפט (צילום: הרצל יוסף)

Rabbi Nir Ben-Artzi in court (Photo: Herzel Yosef)


Their menacing of the rabbi stretched across three years, but the prosecution eventually opted to plead the case out in order to secure a conviction.


The court accepted the plea, sentencing each defendant to five months of community service and ordering each of them to pay the rabbi NIS 10,000 (roughly $2,700) in compensation.



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